Benedict Cumberbatch’s NYT’s Style Mag pictorial: lovely & surprisingly young?

cumby NYT


Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. This is not a hallucination. It’s game time, people! Benedict Cumberbatch covers this season’s issue of the New York Times’ T Style Magazine. The photoshoot is by Karim Sadli, and I swear Benedict looks like he’s 25 years old here. Is it just the hair? Is it airbrushing? Or is he just getting more beautiful year after year? Sigh… my love burns brightly for The Batch. I shall not lie about it, or play it cool. I would tear him up. Anyway, you can read the full NYT piece here, and here are some highlights:

He’s tired of talking about himself: “Why does anyone want to know my opinions? I’m not interested in reading my opinions.”

His looks: He says he looks like “Sid from ‘Ice Age’ ” and although he once declared that “I always seem to be cast as slightly wan, ethereal, troubled intellectuals or physically ambivalent bad lovers,” there are numerous websites devoted to the subject of his romantic prowess, e.g., “Benedict Cumberbatch — Fantastic Lover,” a compendium of clips set to Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” that has been viewed more than 490,000 times on YouTube.

His Time Magazine cover: “It’s one of the more bizarre levels of success,” he said. At first he thought it was fake. “Someone sent me a photograph of it and I thought, ‘Some fan has got hold of a photo and done one of those neat apps where they impose your head on something,’ ” he said.

After playing geniuses like Sherlock & Alan Turing, he says: “I am so ready to play a really dumb character.”

People obsessed with Sherlock: “I always make it clear that people who become obsessed with him or the idea of him — he’d destroy you,” Cumberbatch said cheerfully. “He is an absolute bastard.”

Holding up political signs while filming Sherlock: “These are very complex questions and very difficult arguments to be very clear about, so to ask the questions is to stimulate the debate,” he explained. He has not done it since, though, he said, “I felt really strongly about it at the time.”

Why he was in NYC: In New York he was visiting his friend Zachary Quinto, who acted alongside him in “Star Trek,” seeing some movies, going to some museums and trying to keep a low profile. He is currently unattached, and is gearing up for his next batch of work.

He didn’t like how his Star Trek character ended up: “That was a stupid thing to do,” Cumberbatch said, referring to Starfleet Command. “They should have just blown me up.”

Dealing with crowds and his fandom: “If you pick a point far behind them they perceive you as not seeing them, and you’re the obstacle they have to get around.” For a moment, he sounded positively Sherlockian. “There is a way of just shadowing through,” he continued. “The higher the walls, the more dark the windows, the bigger the sunglasses — the more people are going to look. The greatest disguise is learning how to be invisible in plain sight.”

[From the NYT’s Style Magazine]

Is this the best Cumberinterview ever? No, it’s not. They didn’t even ask him about all the times he’s nearly died, nor did they ask him about his beloved mother Wanda. NYT FAIL. Still, it’s nice to see him photographed beautifully and on the cover of a fashion-y magazine. Lovely, lovely Batch. One day, sir. One day you will be mine.



Photos courtesy of the NYT.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

151 Responses to “Benedict Cumberbatch’s NYT’s Style Mag pictorial: lovely & surprisingly young?”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    What gorgeous photographs! I wish I were a teenage girl so I could hang them on my bedroom wall.

    “my love burns brightly for The Batch” might be my favorite line ever.

  2. delphi says:

    Nobody reads the NYT magazines for the articles. But those are some fabulous pictures, no doubt. Ben just rocks b&w photos.

    *mentally kicks herself for cancelling NYT subscription last month*

  3. Kelly says:

    Yay, Cumby post!

    Not a fan of the hair, but he looks really lovely. I think they’ve airbrushed a few wrinkles though, and used some very flattering lighting and makeup of course.

    Also, “Why does anyone want to know my opinions? I’m not interested in reading my opinions.”
    Ahahahhaa, tbh I agree with him.

  4. Sixer says:

    I like the idea of hot men hiding in plain sight at locations near me. Someone should develop a hiding in plain sight detector app for Google Glass so I can spot them despite their mad hiding in plain sight acting skillz.

  5. PlayedWithFire says:

    Alas! A cumby article! We are in drought season!
    picture looks like our future teenager son ;)

  6. ctkat1 says:

    I LOVE that his actual parents play his parents on “Sherlock.” There’s so much nepotism in the casting on that show, but it’s all been so brilliant that I completely forgive it.

  7. yennefer says:

    “I always seem to be cast as slightly wan, ethereal, troubled intellectuals or physically ambivalent bad lovers”
    In which category does his character in Atonement fall into? Nevermind, I’d rather suppress that memory.

  8. Jessica says:

    I love that him and Quinto hang. It’s cute.

  9. Delorb says:

    BOTH! Lovely and young looking. Nice job, IMO.

    • Hiddles forever says:

      Yes lots of it… How many years did they take off his face?

      I like him lots because of his wits and humours and talent… Definitively Sid from Ice Age though. He is unconventionally attracting yet not handsome at all.

      • gefeylich says:

        I think this is the lighting and a bit of Photoshop. He definitely has crow’s feet and deeper lines around his mouth, although the rest of his face is good for his age.

        Actually, these photos are what Cumberbatch looked like when he was in To the Ends of the Earth, the first thing I ever saw him in. While I did not fall in love then, I became a fan – so, Fan of Cumberbatch for 9 years! Still don’t think he’s sexy, though, but his voice is incomparable.

    • smoothwhiskey says:

      As if you will ever see him looking like this in public. It’s as funny as a McDonald’s commercial where the hamburger meat looks so great,but when you finally meet ( mean see) it in person,it’s thin and flat and the lettuce is old.
      This is what he calls “hiding in public.” It is just not him. So don’t expect hot stuff. Because you won’t get it.

      • Maggie says:

        I have seen lots of candid pics taken by fans and I agree his skin doesn’t look as smooth but he still looks very attractive. In fact some of the candid photos are the most appealing.

        So many photo-shoots of celebs are airbrushed or altered so it is hardly unusual.

    • kri says:

      Photoshop or not, my eyes are so happy right now. I adore this man’s looks-there is no one quite like him (except for Tilda). To me, he is stunning.

    • Dani says:

      Because he is the first and only celeb who ever had photoshop used in a magazine spread? As if. You won’t see anyone look as good in real life as they do in EDITED MAGAZINE PICTURES. He might not have the smoothest skin but he’s verrrry attractive in person.

  10. PunkyMomma says:

    Oh he looks so delectably young and tender in these photos. Beautiful. Sigh.

  11. T.fanty says:

    The pics are great, but they’ve kind of ironed out much of what makes him charming.

  12. Secret Squirrel says:

    Wow! He is looking fiiiiiiine! Beautiful as usual. Don’t care if they touched him up a bit in photoshop world, it works works works!

    Aaaaaaaaaaaand if you find the Cumbercurls super-scrumptious already, now you can actually have them for your dining pleasure (hope the link works now or that is a very strange comment indeed!).

  13. grabbyhands says:

    I think these are mostly the result of some airbrush/photoshop, because unfortunately he isn’t going to suddenly reverse the 15 years he added to his face in just one Los Angeles summer, but they are lovely anyway. It’s nice to see that they didn’t pose him with some slimy smirk.

    I liked the interview-for once it wasn’t a direct rehash of the questions we’ve heard nine billion times. Plus, I hope he does play something funny soon-he has wonderful comic timing.

  14. Deb says:

    *falls to the floor in a swoon*

  15. Lark says:

    I’m kind of excited about the Star Wars rumors—I keep hearing his name tossed around by all the film journalists on twitter, as if it’s a given, but no one will “officially” announce anything until April apparently.

  16. Froop says:

    Not keen on these pictures . Too much photoshop for my taste, looks weird.

  17. Isadora says:

    While he absolutely does nothing for me in the man department (all The Batch to you, ladies), these are lovely looking photos – although not very realistic ones I guess, unless they invented some kind of Time Machine. Which would be incredibly cool.

    • Kelly says:

      “unless they invented some kind of Time Machine”
      Can you imagine? :D
      Hello Benedict, yes we know who you are, listen trust us, in 10 years time you’re going to be a huge mega star, we’d like to take your photos now and go back to our time machine and publish them in the future? OK? Yea you’re not drunk or high, but sure, you can keep believing we are if it makes you feel better.

  18. Maureen says:

    I find this pictorial insulting. It’s so obviously airbrushed. It’s as if the magazine felt he was too unattractive to use pictures of his real face. Horrible. And I can’t understand the fans supporting this and saying how amazing he looks. It’s not his real face!

    • Kelly says:

      They airbrush everyone. EVERYONE. I mean, Victoria Secret models get airbrushed, would you call them unattractive? No. And just because someone airbrushes a photo of Adriana Lima it doesn’t make me think (sadly) that she’s actually not beautiful in real life.
      It’s the way of the game, it’d be a shock if they didn’t do some retouching.

    • Abby says:

      @Maureen…..You have been commenting quite negatively these days on Cumby posts…sea like you are completely over and have joined the haters club.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        I see where you are coming from Abby, but I don’t think Maureen’s comments above are actually negative about Ben, but rather at the magazine for air-brushing Ben.

        I understand magazines have final say on the pics published, so Ben most likely would not have had a say in if or how much the pictures were to be airbrushed. NYT is notorious for “youngifying” the stars it photographs, including models who are in their late teens/early 20′s, so if they are not good enough to be left natural, there’s no way an actor or actress with a few years on the clock is going to get away without a damn good photoshop facelift!

        I prefer natural pics, but NYT is not about presenting the “every day-ness” of life.

    • LadySlippers says:

      And it looks almost identical to photo shoots he did in his 20′s so it still is him.

  19. Autumn says:

    It’s bad enough that this site got me caught up in the Tom Hiddleston craze. Now this?! I’ve been actively avoiding having the feels for Cumby, then I see these pictures. Damn! Damn! DAMN!

    *falls on the floor next to Deb and JudyJudy*

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      I am just a tad disappointed that these photos cut off his beautiful hands. Surely they could have left those gorgeous long fingers in the pics. That would have been perfect. :)

      That said, I would have to say that I have a “thing” for that hollow at the base of a man’s throat. TH has it too and it drives me wild. B&W photos seem to make it even more noticeable so as stunning as I think Ben’s face looks in these pics, my eyes keep heading down to that throat!

      If they had a pic of Ben running his long fingers over that hollow in his throat, I think I would actually explode! What a way to go though!!

  20. Erandyn says:

    “Is it just the hair? Is it airbrushing?”

    As we all know, Photoshop is NEVER used on men, so this is such a mystery.

  21. jammypants says:

    I think it’s also the lighting and angles, aside from photoshop touch ups. I can still see some of his wrinkles.

  22. Sarah says:

    He looks gorgeous – like in the first season of Sherlock. He was heart-stoppingly beautiful in that.

  23. Abby says:

    Bloody hell…why is he so gorgeous. Though yes they did use photoshop quite a bit but he still looks fineeee.

    Sunday afternoon made :)

  24. Nursedarry says:

    I saw these a few days ago, and I…


    This comment has been left unfinished as commenter has fainted, and is now mostly a puddle of oestrogen-fuelled goo on the floor.

  25. Joanie says:

    Beautiful, but overly ‘shopped. Leave the man’s face alone, he’s beautiful as is.

  26. pru says:

    He looks amazing and yummy – very, very yummy!
    He looks so good, I don’t know that I can call it a photoshop fail. But why the need to make his face looks so thin?? He’s thin enough already.

    • smoothwhiskey says:

      They always go to very thin because it is supposed to make people look young. Initially. Then,the lack of a normal amount of padding makes them age even quicker. The use of black and white adds a retro touch-like the photos from an old year book. Many actors do this to extend their careers. Hell,even Dracula looked good in the shadows- until,well,you know what sunlight did to him:)

  27. Lunchcoma says:

    This is a little too airbrushed for my taste. A little bit is expected, but I think this has gotten away from looking like him.

  28. GeeMoney says:

    It still looks like him… it’s just like they overdid it with the photoshop and took ten years off of his face.

    I think he looks good. Now, can I get these people to come to my house and take pics of me? I have a few lines in my face I’d like to get rid of, lol.

  29. betsy says:

    Hiddleston’s always photoshopped so why shouldnt Benedict get some too.

    what I;d really like is the photographer who did the Hannibal pr stills to do some for Sherlock. The ones for the BBC show are so boring.

  30. Mo2 says:

    It took me forever to catch up with why people found this guy attractive. He’s got one of the most animated faces on film. Just watched that youtube video “Benedict Cumberbatch — Fantastic Lover” and I must admit I felt some stirrings deep down in my very old soul.

  31. ZsaZsa says:

    I like him because he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He likes to have a joke with the rest of us but makes sure that there are boundaries. I respect him for that and for not pretending to be something he is not whilst not performing.

  32. allheavens says:

    People have forgotten the photos from the BAFTA New York “In Conversation” Q&A he looked very young in those photos . I think the last three years of working non-stop took their toll on him physically. Even his hair was shot to hell from all the dyeing.

    However he has had time to relax, take a break from work, gain some weight ( he look sooo thin when they began shooting Sherlock Series 3) and give his poor hair a break, so he does look younger instead of under-weight and fatigued.

    The photos are photoshopped but they retouch everyone’s photos and he does look rather yummy.

  33. s says:

    He’s a weirdo..who cares about his opinions..And NO, he is NOT hot..I’m sick of him even being featured here..

  34. MissMary says:

    IDK if they meant to photoshop his skin into weird poreless smoothness but other than that, he looks good. Well, he looks like he’s back in his 20′s but he looks good.

  35. Ally8 says:

    He does look as young as (or younger than) he did in this 2010 Marie Claire shoot:

    • Mayhem14 says:

      That Marie Claire article starts off with a paragraph about his looks and how he deals with female attention – how sad that after four years and all the work he’s done in that time, that’s still the focus of his interviews.

      No wonder he thinks he’s boring in interviews – he gets asked boring questions.

  36. Mikunda says:

    I love a man in a suit, he really looks great. Love him!

  37. 'p'enny says:

    bad, Bad, bad… looks majorly thin and 15 yr old public school boy – the very look I thought he wanted to avoid

  38. Shiv says:

    These photo’s have been photo shopped to death. Where are his lines and moles? He looks like a 25 year old model in these pictures ***coughs, still saved them on my Iphone***

    Unattached!?? Why is he still denying me? :’(

    I am still really looking forward to his secret project. I don’t see it being Star Wars…

    • Kelly says:

      LOL, Shiv your comment made my day!

      But I agree, I find mature men more attractive. I know youth is supposed to be more appealing, but 40 year old men have always been my weak spot. They exude masculinity. The lines, the confidence and ease at being themselves, the bigger frame, all of it. Teenagers can keep the feminine pretty twenty year olds.

      • Shiv says:

        Like a fine wine , Benedict gets better with age……so he can just get out of that time machine and stop with these photo shoots.

        Have you seen the teenager who is apparently Benedict’s double…are we sure he has not stepped in?? ;) I just don’t like it.

  39. June says:

    What’s that? A sexy video of Cumby with Marvin Gaye background music can be found on youtube? Excuse me, I’ll be right back.

  40. Miss Scarlet says:

    Well, this won’t help the rumors that Ben and Alice Eve have been hooking up:

  41. V says:

    The only thing that dims his attractiveness (IMO) is the smoking. No need to go into invisible mode, the cigarette smell will keep me far away (and will cause me to have a massive coughing fit if I get to close.)

    It’s always the same with the good ones: they’re either taken or messing with my allergies.

  42. Corn on the cob says:

    I thought he was in his 20′s, no?

    • Kelly says:

      Madonna Inn??? LOLOLOL what is that?

      Anyways, I’m having great fun with all of this cyber stalking. Where (and who) to next Benny?

    • Shiv says:

      Lydia is 100% with Kevin Connolly so if she is there it’s friends.

      Benedict salsa dancing – i would love to see this!!!! HOT. One of the girls who put photo’s up said he could not salsa dance at all…ha ha. She said he was very low key but extremely friendly when approached.

      Least he is enjoying his holiday in LA :)

      I saw the rest of the Alice Eve and Benedict shoot – still not much heat and definitely from when they were filming STID in 2012/2013. He looks super hot in them!

      • Kelly says:

        Hahahahahaha! Posh Englishman can’t salsa dance, say it isn’t so :P
        It’s alright, neither can I, we can learn together Benny! As soon as I win the lottery and can afford to proper stalk you around the globe as the unstable fanatic that I’m bound to become at this rate….

        Agreed, the photo shoot with Alice Eve is superb! I don’t care if they’ve banged or not, those pics are delicious.

      • Shiv says:

        The one with the cowboy hat…..

        The one with him dragging her along ever so slightly….


        If you are on twitter, all you need to do is follow cumberwatchweb (the lady who runs the official website) or cumberbuddy – they have all the latest photos and going ons without commenting too heavily on his personal life! I do not follow any others in fear I will be forced into Cumberbatch Anonymous soon…. Once you’ve been Cumberbatched, there is no going back **side eyes**

      • Kelly says:

        Duly noted Shiv, thanks
        *places stalker twitter glasses on*

      • Cate says:

        Yeah, I think the Lydia Hearst thing is a coincidence since her shoot was a day or two before Benedict was seen there and she was just on Access Hollywood Live today (talking about her boyfriend Connolly, no less). According to that Instagram post, Benedict was hanging out with a male friend. He really seems to like San Luis Obispo. He was up there back in January too.